US to Disinter Pearl Harbor Remains for Identification

18 Apr 2015

The United States military announced on 14 Apr 2015 that the remains aboard USS Oklahoma, sunken during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, would be disinterred from their current resting place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Of the 429 killed aboard the battleship, these 388 men could not be identified, but advances in the understanding of DNA could change that fact. The identification work will be done at a laboratory in Hawaii operated by the US Department of Defense.

For more information:
MSN: US to exhume remains from Pearl Harbor attack
BBC: US to exhume remains of Pearl Harbor dead for identification
WW2DB: Attack on Pearl Harbor
WW2DB: USS Oklahoma

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
18 Apr 2015 11:51:01 PM

We have a saying in England: 'Pull the other one, it has bells on'. This story is obviously such a hoax that it is difficult to believe that anybody is going to be taken-in by it. Think about it seriously. Even if traces of DNA could be found in human remains after such a long time (highly unlikely) this entire pointless operation would be a serious misuse of taxpayers' money and Navy resources. If the Secretary for the Navy were foolish enough to authorise such an unnecessary expense, one would imagine the US Treasury might very well be justified in taking a serious look at the Navy's budget for the next fiscal year. It must be silly season in certain newspaper editor's offices at the moment!

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